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    Im 13 and i dont know what to do. My parents hate me. They dont trust me and never have. I have no freedom. I do good in school but this doesnt change there mind. They never let me out. And my home feels more like.a prison. Ive tried talking to them but they wont listen. My friend.offered me.her spare room. But i know they would never let me stay. I dont know what to do.

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    Hi there,

    Thanks for reaching out to National Runaway Safeline, we appreciate you telling us a little bit about what is going on. It sounds like you are going through a complex and tough situation right now and we are here to listen. It sounds like you are putting a lot of effort into school and care about your parents.
    It can be difficult to know how to talk to your parents and express you are feeling about how you are feeling. We would encourage you to reach out to a trusted adult, teacher, relative, and friend that you can talk to and potentially help you mediate a conversation with your parents about your current situation. At NRS, we do offer a service call conference calling, where you can call into our hotline and then we would reach out to your guardian and help advocate for you, help you express the needs of to your parents.

    It sounds like you may be thinking about wanting to stay at your friends. If you get permission from you parents, there aren’t any legal consequences that could happen. If you decided to leave without permission here is what we know. We aren’t legal experts, but we have general knowledge about running away. In most states, running away isn’t illegal, but what is called a status offense. You can’t get arrested for it but it will mostly likely go on your record until you are 18. The police will only know if you have runaway if your parents/guardians file a police report. We can’t say for sure how the police will respond , but we here a lot that police will take potential places you might be and will actively search for you. If they come across you, the most likely will return you home to your parents. Sometimes we hear that if you are staying with someone who knows you are a runaway and are not actively trying to return you or finding shelter for you, your guardians can press charges against the people who are housing you, with something that is called harboring. One of our main goals is to make sure you are safe, so you ever seriously decide to runaway and need shelter, resources, or a safe place to go you can find safe locations at or reach out to us directly and we can find local resources in your area.

    We are here for you and will support you in anyway that we can. Please feel free to call into us directly as we can talk further about your situation and find resources that are best for you in your are. Stay strong and you are not alone in this! Our number is 1-800-RUNAWAY we are open 24/7.
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